Body Language in Literature
Published: December 1997© 1997
330 Pages, 5.99 x 9.01 x 1.01 in
The tilt of a head, the quirk of an eyebrow, or a shift in position can eloquently portray a wide range of emotions without a single word being spoken. Body language is a critical component of everyday communication, yet the importance of body language, or non-verbal communication, in such a verbal medium as literature has not been fully studied.
In Body Language in Literature, Barbara Korte has produced an important interdisciplinary study, by establishing a general theory that accounts for the varieties of body language encountered in literary narrative, based on a general history of the phenomenon in the English language. By focusing major works of literature, including stories by D.H. Laurence, Margaret Atwood, and J.D. Salinger, Korte shows body language to be a vital, yet unexplored method of communication in literature.
'This is a rare beast: a truly interdisciplinary study which establishes a critical framework for the application of recent scholarship on body language to literary texts. The scope of the study is impressive from a scholarly perspective; equally impressive, however, is its accessibility.'Nathalie Cooke, Department of English, McGill University
'Korte wears her scholarship admirably lightly, combining impressive learning and industry with an easy style ... The organization is likewise meticulous without being obtrusive.'Patrick O'Neill, author of Fictions of Discourse: Reading Narrative Theory and Acts of Narrative: Textual Strategies in Modern German Fiction